Walmart has asked its employees to return to offices effective Nov. 8, 2021. The company, after handling much of the pandemic remotely, said in an official note to employees: “There is no substation to bring the offices together.”
The change is part of the company’s policy change, which involves a “new and more flexible way of working”.
Policy implementation will not be uniform across the enterprise. The global engineering workforce will continue to work in remote locations, the statement said. This includes teams of software engineers and data scientists.
Also, the return policy differs from area to area, media reports. The company will notify employees of the expected date of return based on the nature of their position, position, and place of work.
Donna Morris, Chief Human Officer, Walmart, said all employees scheduled to return to campuses must be fully vaccinated or have approved housing. Those who receive an approved exemption for religious or medical reasons must wear masks and undergo regular COVID-19 testing.
He also said that the company had to change plans several times to get back up and running during the various waves of the pandemic. The retail company had all company employees vaccinated in July.